The beauty of the British countryside through the eyes of winners of the National Trust photo competition

British conservation charity, the National Trust, has announced the winners of its photography competition for 2017. Over 7000 entries were received on the theme ‘As I walked out one midsummer morning’. The winning images needed to show a real love for – and connection with – nature, reflecting the work that the conservation charity does to care for special places of natural beauty.

One image was chosen to be printed on the charity's annual membership cards. Meanwhile, a guidebook published annually and sent to all five million members containing details of over 500 houses and gardens open to the public, will feature another winning photo on the 2018 cover.

George Evans won the Handbook competition with a tranquil shot of a lone tree silhouetted against the dawn light on the shores of Llyn Dinas in Snowdonia.

He said: “I try and camp as often as I can so that I can capture landscapes during the golden hour in the early mornings and evenings. At 4am I forced myself out of my sleeping bag and walked around the edge of the lake in the dark to find a good composition. I stumbled upon this lone tree and boulder purely by chance, whilst ankle deep in wet boggy ground. You need luck with landscape photography. Some of my top images are lucky shots and this is the best of them. I love it so much that it hangs on my living room wall.”

The beauty of the British countryside through the eyes of winners of the National Trust photo competition

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